The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday, 12 September, raided several locations across north India in connection with a case related to narco-terrorism by alleged gangsters, some of whom were also involved in the murder of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala.
As per a report by news agency ANI, the raids are being conducted in Haryana, Punjab, and Delhi, and the sites include the residences of Goldy Brar and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, also accused in the killing of Moose Wala.
Meanwhile, the gangsters include Kala Rana from Haryana's Yamunanagar, Vinay Deora from Punjab's Faridkot, and Lucky Patiala from Chandigarh's Khuda Lahora village.
The NIA is probing a case of the alleged involvement of gangs in Punjab in smuggling drugs from Pakistan and the money later being pumped into terror-related activities.
Reports indicate that some gangsters, including the key accused in Moose Wala's killing, Lawrence Bishnoi, are also operating from prisons.
Sidhu Moose Wala’s Killing & the Case So Far
More than three months after the killing of Moose Wala, Deepak Mundi, the sixth and last shooter in the murder case, and two of his associates were arrested on Saturday from a checkpoint along the Indo-Nepal border in the Kharibari police station area in West Bengal's Darjeeling district.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, popularly known as Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot dead in Punjab's Mansa district on 29 May.
Mundi had fired indiscriminately at Moose Wala, the police said.
Two of Mundi's associates – Kapil Pandit and Rajinder Joker – have been accused of providing logistical support and weapons to the shooters. A court in Mansa on Sunday sent Mundi, Pandit, and Joker to police custody for six days.
Twenty-three arrests have so far been made in the case. A total of 35 accused are named in the case, an officer said.
Another accused, Sachin Bishnoi, was earlier detained in Azerbaijan. There is information that another accused is also being pursued, the Punjab Police chief said.
Goldy Brar had executed the plan to kill Moose Wala to avenge the killing of Middukhera.
(With inputs from ANI and NDTV.)